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Tuesday 24 August 2021

1973 Citroen Mehari - Bonhams Auctions The Beaulieu Sale Beaulieu National Motor Museum 4th - 5th September 2021


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Bonhams Auctions
The Beaulieu Sale
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
4th - 5th September 2021


1973 Citroen Mehari
Registration No: N/A
Chassis No: 05CA1421
Colour: Orange Kirghiz

Produced for 20 years between 1968 and 1988, the Citroen Mehari is a fun, lightweight recreational vehicle that is popularly used in coastal environments. Originally available in two-wheel drive (and later four-wheel drive), the Mehari weighs just 535kg and is powered by a tiny 602cc flat-two petrol engine that is shared with the 2CV6, Dyane and Ami. A four-speed dog-leg gearbox adds to the fun nature of the vehicle and pairs well with the engine. The Mehari was mechanically very simple and it remained largely unchanged for most of its life. Minor changes included vinyl doors being fitted in 1970 (with an optional vinyl roof) and a slight stylistic update in 1978.

This 1973 Mehari is a fully restored example that is presented in a beautiful Kirghiz orange colour scheme. With a restoration carried out in 2013 by The 2CV Shop in Warminster, the paintwork, bodywork and interior all present well and are in very good condition. This model is also fitted with the optional vinyl roof which adds to its year-round usability, rear seats, a tow bar and a fitted dust cover. This is a fun and unique vehicle that's ideal for use as a summer run-around.

Vendor Score Total: 69/100

Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly, Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

Key for Sellers' Assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Driveaway | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 4
Paint: 4
Glass: 4
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
Wheels/Tyres: 4

Gearbox/Clutch: 3
Axles: 3
Suspension: 3
Brakes: 3

Seats: 4
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
Headlining: 4
Trim: 4

Main components: 3
Ancillary components: 3

Starting: 3
Running: 3
Under Bonnet: 3
Mechanical components: 3

Car History File: 3

    Manufactured by Citroen in France
      2-door soft-top body type
        FWD (front-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox
          Petrol engine with Displacement: 602 cm3 / 36.7 cui, 
            Advertised PowerOutput : 21 24 kW / 28 32 hp / 29 33 PS ( DIN SAE ), 
              Torque: 39 42 Nm / 29 31 lb-ft, 

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